JEFFERSONVILLE — The Jeffersonville City Council no longer has an open seat after Joe Paris was selected to fill the District 3 vacancy on Tuesday and was sworn in Thursday morning by Clark County Clerk Susan Popp.

Paris was caucused into the seat by members of the Clark County Republican Party, filling a vacancy left by outgoing councilperson Callie Payne. She was elected in 2015 but had resigned her position effective June 3 because she planned to move out of the district after getting married.

Paris, 54, is a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and is self-employed, representing American-made furniture manufacturers across Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.

“I have built a career working as a middleman, and I look forward to putting that experience to work in representing my constituents in city government.” Paris said Tuesday, according to a news release.

Paris was the only candidate who filed paperwork to fill the vacancy and is the Republican candidate to fill the seat in the November General Election.

“Joe is a commonsense businessman who is anxious to give back to our community,” Clark County Republican Chairman Jamey Noel said in the same release. “As the candidate running for the seat in the fall, the party felt it made sense to plug him in to fill that vacancy.”

Joe has been married to his wife, Anne, for 18 years and they have two daughters. Joe serves as an elder at First Christian Church in Jeffersonville, and says he plans to donate his council salary back to the local community through local charities.